TFR605 - Sangre Y Tierra / Adrift Split - 2010
Sangre Y Tierra / Adrift Split - 2010
01 - Sangre Y Tierra - Biological Inequality
02 - Sangre Y Tierra - Mutilate the Earth
03 - Adrift - A Stone Fell From Thy Sundered One
04 - Adrift - Dirge At Sea
Sangre Y Tierra (Blood and Soil)
Marvin Quinones - All Instruments, Vocals
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Released on Torn Flesh Records, December, 2012
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Cover Art by James Edward Lindley III
April 2, 2013
Sangre Y Tierra / Adrift Split Review
Note: Surprisingly I cannot say that I prefer one band over the other. Instead I will offer this: Sangre Y Tierra is for those who like calm music, and Adrift is for those who want dark beauty with an air of hope.
01 -Biological Inequality (Sangre Y Tierra ) … Very atmospheric. A steady drum beat in the background. The guitars have a lot of reverb. It is a listening experience similar to whispering in a long hall. Somewhat morbid, but oddly calming. The drums to to a blast beat, and the music to a wall of sound, but it is still oddly soothing. The reverb gives it a very consistent sound. Honestly, this would be great music to fall asleep to. I'm not saying it's boring; rather it's just very calm. It even includes a little melodic guitar solo. The vocals are a perfect volume; they add to the wall of sound, accompanying but not overpowering. The end is the least "soothing," and even then the wails of the guitar are like chorus singers. Great song.
02 -Mutilate the Earth (Sangre Y Tierra) … This song is a little more active then the first one. The intensity is introduced with the drums, then by guitar, and finally vocals. While the vocals are still soft, they are noticeably louder on this track. They switch between a scream that sound like it was a little bit too loud for the microphone it was recorded on, and mid-range growls. This song isn't fast, and the intensity does die down, fading to a calmer background noise. A little guitar drifts over the sound wall. The song repeats till the wail of a guitar brings it to the end.
03 -A Stone Fell From Thy Sundered One (Adrift) … First impression, very tinny sound. Little bass. This band also appears to be a black metal band. However, this is very interesting. The chord progression is almost happy (it reminds me of Coldplay.) The vocals, guitar, and drums are all very soft. It isn't intense. Rather, it is pretty. I wouldn't change anything about this song. The unusual balance gives it a sense of originality, and the volume adds to the mood of the song. Again with the calm. This is a pleasant surprise, and unusual for the albums of TFR. I like how the bass (although tinny) can be easily heard. This song, rather then morbid, is mysterious.
04 -Dirge At Sea (Adrift) … There is a pattern here. This song is more intense then the first. The bass, guitar, and drums are all still quiet. However, the vocals are louder. The reverb is obvious on the vocals, which are a high pitched snarl. Perhaps it is how the mic is setup, but there is some definite static on the album (vocally anyway.) I like it. I think it adds character, and "imperfection" to the song, a great contrast from modern "perfect" auto-tuned pop songs. This song gets beautiful in the middle. With a singing guitar lead in one ear, and an accompanying guitar in the other, the music shines here. This band is defiantly more happy-sounding then the first one. I wouldn't say that this is a "happy" song. Instead I would say it is a positive one. The music has an air of hope in it.
January 12, 2013
Indeed, it is an intriguing blend of black metal and lo-fi and DIY aesthetics, being at times psychedelic, at times brutal. However, the most surprsing track is A Stone Fell From Thy Sundered One which exploits a clear-cut alternative rock instrumentation for black metal singing.